"São Tomé and Príncipe" São Tomé and Príncipe by Ekahau

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São Tomé's Agustinho Neto Mansion
São Tomé and Príncipe history

São Tomé is descried as having a Christian tradition for 4 centuries and “I know his is so because it has for the same four centuries probable the most brutal history of mans inhumanity to man” of almost any were on the face of the earth.

São Tomé had an inhuman Portuguese penal colony, slavery with the highest death rates in the world, the place the Portuguese sent their Jewish “orphans” (this is the population that makes up the majority of the current 'mestizos', or Creoles). São Tomé was one of the last places on earth to officially give up slaver ( Saudi Arabia was the last) but this was replace by a even more brutal “contract labor until death system”. In fact a national holiday is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1953 Batepá Massacre" when the goverment of Portugal put down a revolt of "contract labor" and several hundred people died. That right right up to the 1970s a system of "slavery" went on.

But that being said it is a VT destination of great interest to folks like me because of its remote but amazing beauty. In recent years it even has became a very posh resort tourist destination for the folks who like to do a “within the walls holiday resort trip to the isolated tropical beaches”

stuff to see

São Tomé and Príncipe have beautiful unspoiled diving, beaches to die for that have not been walked on by a tourist in 100 years, Portuguese forts estates and buildings that are some of the best examples in the world. Fort of São Sebastião is considered one of the very best and most well preserved colonial Portuguese forts in the world. The Bello Monte estate on the island of Principe, a beautiful Portuguese estate and mansion and the Agustinho Neto Mansion in São Tomé wow what beautiful Portuguese colonial history.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:small remote very Foreign
  • Cons:small remote very Foreign
  • In a nutshell:gem waiting to be found
  • Intro Updated Feb 4, 2007
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  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Fascinating insght into another obscure part f the world, Paul. In the future, everytime I think I'm writing about places that are too far off the beaten track, I've resolved to visit one of your pages to restore my sense of perspective! ;)

  • Dec 21, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    this is the hospital, the owner's mansion is a smaller building in the opposite direction. The post independence local elite allowed the hospital to become a ruin, but still make good use of the mansion. travel-images.com/sao-tome-p...

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Hi, Paul! This place is full of history and plenty of good things to discover... Thanx for sharing!

  • Jan 24, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    agree. the climb to pico sao tome was the best experience óf my trip in 2003.

  • Aug 25, 2008 at 3:33 AM

    Mashed cooked bananas and breadfruit sounds divine. Sao Tome has been a place only found in my dreams. Your picture of the little girl is very stunning.

  • janiebaxter's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Hello Thanks for very useful info - I am considering BomBom for Christmas & NY & you've almost persuaded me!

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2007 at 12:33 AM

    Beautiful Island! Great page!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2007 at 7:25 PM

    Fascinating explanation of the history of Sao Tome, and what a place to visit---one of the few places not over run by tourists I guess! Lovely photo of the little girl.

  • ollyf's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2007 at 6:22 AM

    Another place on my wishlist - and another place you have beaten me to! Well done, Paul.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2007 at 3:38 AM

    What an interesting place you have found here. I have never heard or read about it before now. No wonder there are very few tourists, it doesn't seem easy to get there.


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